Making Bristol Palin an ambassador for abstinence is “a terrible, terrible idea,” said Gail Collins in The New York Times. The Candie’s Foundation, which fights teen pregnancy, has made the 18-year-old unwed mother—and daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin—its new frontwoman (watch Bristol Palin discuss abstinence). “But surely, when it comes to combating teen pregnancy, the Palin family has done enough damage already.”
It’s predictable that liberals would respond by accusing Bristol Palin of preaching what she didn’t practice, said Allahpundit in Hot Air. But the young mother does a good job of handling the touchy question of whether, “notwithstanding her love for Tripp,” she wishes she had done things differently. “Could be that the full strain of motherhood has since sharpened her appreciation of teen celibacy.”
Of course, but that doesn't mean Bristol Palin should be a "poster girl of anything," said Seth Leibsohn and Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review. "She's a girl who has made mistakes," and because she has a prominent mom all the world found out. Now it's time to leave her in peace—"she has enough adult responsibilities" already.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- The most sensible GOP alternative to ObamaCare comes from a Senate candidate who is almost sure to lose
- 10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Did Republicans overshoot on the Ebola panic?
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
Subscribe to the Week